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Last month I stopped by Pho Nice to check out the pho bac. Served with wide, fresh rice noodles, the broth was pretty light and simple. Meats were plentiful and not oversalted nor sweet, yet not that tasty either. The rare steak was served on the side as I requested. True to Northern style, the only accompaniments were slices of chile pepper and lime.
I’d tried a side order of cha gio and it was quite good. Oddly, it was barely warm when it was served. Obviously freshly fried, I imagine that it sat on the counter for awhile before someone remembered to bring it to my table. And then, I had to ask for nuoc cham (dipping sauce).
On my second visit, I tried the pho ga, posted here:
Of the three things, the imperial roll was the best. The other interesting item on the menu is Bun cha Hanoi, but the price is a bit steep and I’m not in a hurry to try it.
The service is provided by adolescents who do not speak much English, presumably members of the family. They don’t know what they’re doing. Tables are not cleared of dirty dishes until a customer needs to sit down. I had long delays to get an order in even when there’s only one other party in the restaurant. And I’ve seen people return to say that their take-out order was wrong. The food is decent enough and perhaps good in this neighborhood. Just be prepared to deal with service issues.
880 Geneva Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112